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Despicable Me (2010)

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When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gru (voice)
... Vector (voice)
... Dr. Nefario (voice)
... Gru's Mom (voice)
... Mr. Perkins (voice)
... Miss Hattie (voice)
... Margo (voice)
... Edith (voice)
... Agnes (voice)
... Tim the Minion / Bob the Minion / Mark the Minion / Phil the Minion / Stuart the Minion (voice)
... Dave the Minion (voice)
... Jerry the Minion (voice)
... Carnival Barker / Tourist Dad (voice)
... Fred McDade (voice)
... Tourist Mom (voice)
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Storyline

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. Written by Universal Pictures

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Some call him bad, "they" call him dad. See more »


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Rated PG for rude humor and mild action | See all certifications »

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9 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi villano favorito  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,397,125, 11 July 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$251,513,985, 20 January 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$543,113,985, 20 January 2011
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Trivia

A possible reason for the origin of Gru's name is that the French word "la grue" means a crane. Gru's legs are long and thin, and resemble those of a giant crane. See more »

Goofs

During the slo-mo scene of the ping pong ball leaving Agnes' gun, Edith's gun is still shooting and recoiling, but no balls are leaving the gun. See more »

Quotes

[after Vector refuses to hand over the girls]
Gru: Listen close, you little punk! When I get in there, you are in for a world of pain!
Vector: [laughing sarcastically] Ooh, I'm really scared!
[Gru punches the video camera, making Vector jump and fumble to hold on to the shrunken moon]
Agnes: [smugly] He is gonna kick your butt.
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Crazy Credits

During the Illumination opening title, a Minion walks on screen and says hi to the audience, until the Illumination logo brightens up and stuns his eye. He then faints forward and proceeds to crawl off screen. See more »

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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #46.8 (2013) See more »

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You Should Be Dancing
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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One of the Sweetest Villains Ever
11 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

When one pyramid of Egypt is stolen, the despicable suburban villain Gru feels frustrated since he considers himself the greatest criminal mind ever. However he plans to steal the moon, in the greatest heist of history, with the support of the evil Dr. Nefario and his army of minions. Gru intends to hire a loan in the Bank of Evil (former Lehman Brothers) to build a rocket and steal the shrink weapon to reduce the size of the moon. But the banker Mr. Perkins intends to invest in the young Vector, who actually had stolen the pyramid. When Gru robs the shrink weapon, Vector steals it from him and kept the weapon in his impenetrable fortress that is protected by state of art security system. Gru sees that the orphans Margo, Edith and Agnes from Miss Hattie's Home for Girls have full access to Vector's house to sell cookies. Gru plots a scheme, adopting the three girls to use them to recover the shrink weapon from Vector. But the three little girls change the behavior of Gru and his minions.

"Despicable Me" is a sort of contemporary version of the Charles Dickens' classic novel "A Christmas Carol" and a highly entertaining animation with one of the sweetest villain ever, three adorable little girls and a group of adorable minions. The story is not corny but human, and the jokes with Bill Gates that is the source of inspiration of the nerd Vector and with the investment banking Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. that declared bankruptcy in 2008 and affected the lives of small private investors are witty. In the end, Gru is not the criminal mastermind that he supposed to be. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Malvado Favorito" ("My Favorite Meanie")


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